STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

'I always wanted to make a film that my daughter could watch'

Nikhil Advani, on experimenting with a new genre and how the cast shaped in \'Delhi Safari\', the 3D animation flick.

Published: 30th October 2012 01:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2012 01:30 PM   |  A+A-

DelhiSafari-P

Back in 2003, 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' won six Filmfare Awards but the brain behind the movie, Nikhil Advani, missed out on the award for best director. The 41-year-old started his career as an assistant director with Sudhir Mishra’s 'Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin' (1996), and has to his credit the star-studded 'Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love', 'Chandni Chowk To China' and 'Patiala House'. Now Advani enters a new genre with Delhi Safari. He tells us more:

Why should we watch the animated movie, 'Delhi Safari'?

I always wanted to make a film that my daughter could watch with her friends. Making a ‘Bollywood animation’ film in the truest sense of masala Bollywood and being able to somewhere communicate a message has been both rewarding and fulfilling.

How was making this movie a challenge?

Animation is in the infancy stage in India. The backbone of this film are the animators at Krayon Pictures. We have worked five years on this film to bring the best in terms of animation. We’ve reworked scenes, had a vigorous editing routine and have ultimately achieved our goal.

How did you select your voice artistes?

The first animation character that attracted me was the genie in Aladdin. I always wondered why they would cast Robin Williams, such a fine actor, and use him as just voice. When I started the process of scripting, the thought of an actor essaying the characters fell into place. Govinda has added so much to the character of Bajrangi, the rogue. I always visualised the bear, Bagga, to be this Punjabi, loud character, but Boman created a whole new character out of him. Akshaye Khanna as the spoilt ‘townie’ parrot, Alex, added the extra edge to the character. Similarly, using Urmila’s voice for the caring mother, Suniel Shetty as the father, Prem Chopra as the menacing hyena, has helped create a fantastic milieu of characters. That’s when I understood Robin Williams’ role in Aladdin.

Why does the Indian audience prefer Hollywood animated movies to Indian offerings?

I honestly do not believe that. I have a six-year-old who loves Bal Hanuman and the havoc he creates. The entire bachha party forces us to take them over the weekend for any animation film, be it Hanuman, Ganesha, Krishna or Finding Nemo. The West has a larger audience and a certain fan following to their animated series, but with the right marketing strategies and good films we can strive to achieve that too.

'Delhi Safari' was released recently.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp